Rethinking Active RFID in Healthcare (Active RFID Summit USA 2006)

Mr Tuviya Katz, VP, Research & Development
Visonic Technologies Ltd, Israel


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Presentation Summary

Active RFID is in wide usage in healthcare. Till now, the trend has been to deploy single-focus, stand-alone safety solutions. And, recently, asset tracking products are being both considered and deployed.
As a consequence of this a-little-at-a-time approach, senior healthcare management has failed to realize the full potential of Active RFID.
Healthcare is now starting to view Active RFID as a scaleable enabling technology rather than single purpose products or solutions. This rethinking is shaping the worldwide drive to leverage the already in-place applications, the push to build-out existing infrastructure and the motivation to put into place new backend ERPs, patient care and other third-party options. As result of these international advances; unified risk mitigation and asset tracking solutions, built upon Active RFID has become both technically and financially feasible for the majority of healthcare facilities.
During this session, practical, real-world strategies for growing
single-focus Active RFID installations into facility-wide unified safety and asset tracking management platforms will be offered and discussed.

Speaker Biography

Mr. Tuviya Katz, VP R&D at Visonic Technologies, brings 17 years of experience in leading large Hardware & Software groups in large projects from Proof of concept stage, Basic technical spec, through all R&D stages till the final testings, production and customer support. Leading projects in Multidisciplinary fields. Hardware: audio, acoustics, analog, digital, mixed signal chip design and RF. Software: Embedded and system software, algorithms, optics. Mr. Katz previously served as Director R&D of Dblur technologies Ltd, which specializes in the performance of camera modules in mobile phones, where he was incharge of a new camera concept design from the proof of concept stage, algorithm writing and verification, system design, transferring the algorithm to a real time environment till full product integration. Prior to this, Mr. Katz served as Director of Hardware at Emblaze Mobile , where he was responsible for 2 generations of smart cellular handsets. Mr. Katz holds an MBA in business administration from Tel-Aviv University, B.Sc in Electronics and Computers from Ben Gurion University.

Company Profile

Visonic Technologies (1993), Ltd. (VT) is a fully owned subsidiary of Visonic, Ltd. (VSC.L). VT is the leader in Enterprise-class, active and passive RFID/ RTLS real-time visibility solutions for personnel identification and safety; supply-chain logistics, asset protection and facility supervision.
VT's broad world-class technology portfolio delivers systems that improves quality of life, enhances service delivery, boosts economic ROI and supports location based services. As a global leader in active and passive wireless visibility solutions, Visonic Technologies is a complete source for active RFID/RTLS systems, personnel duress and site protection signaling solutions; access control readers and controllers plus unified configuration and management software sold under the Elpas, SpiderAlert, VisAccess and EIRIS system names.
Visonic Technologies is represented throughout the world by some of the best-known brand names in healthcare, intelligent building control, correctional facility operations artwork protection and supply-chain logistics. Worldwide VT people are turning imaginative ideas into ways that help solve some of today's toughest safety, protection and asset visibility problems.
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